Cienega Springs to Shea

Total Miles
9.2

Elevation

307.73 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

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Trail Overview

This 9-mile (each way) trail connects Cienega Springs Road and the Back Way to Desert Bar Trail with Shea Road and the Swansea Townsite Trail. You skirt along the edge of the Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness on BLM and Arizona State Trust Lands. The trail is dirt and sand, with rocks in some areas. In the AZ desert, be sure to watch for rattlesnakes and scorpions. Carrying recovery equipment like a saw, a snatch block, and a tow rope is a good idea. We never ride without at least one firearm. Take extra fuel and lots of water, the desert is unforgiving in its heat and its predators. If this area receives rain, several varieties of cacti will bloom. Do not ride on the Colorado River Indian Tribe Reservation without getting a sticker from CRIT. They are $25 a year and well worth it. It gives you full access to the trails on the reservation, and it will save you from getting your SXS or bike, or quad confiscated by the tribe wardens for riding without a sticker.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

Turn east on Cienega Springs Road from Highway 95 and follow this trail. If you're at the Swansea Townsite and want to take this trail back to the Parker Strip, follow the Swansea Townsite Trail to this trail, which goes off to the right. The trail number is Hs407. Then this track uses trails Hs406 and Hs300.